Patrick Ewing should have been hired long ago to teach Eddy Curry about defense and rebounding.
Hubie Brown is the best thing that could happen to this team along with Jerry West.
To make this a respectable team I would:
-Hire a competent coach with a gritty defensive philosphy like Hubie Brown or an ex-player like Nate McMillan known for their defense.
-Hire a competent GM that wants to win.
-Trade Marbury to Cleveland, the guy is a headcase.
Stephon Marbury (1 year less than Hughes)
-Trade Zach Randolph to Washington, he doesn't fit
Antawn Jamison (expirer)
2 x future 2nd Round Picks
-Trade multiple players for Elton Brand
Fred Jones (expirer)
Malik Rose (2 years, same as Brand)
08 First Round Pick (top 3 protected, unprotected 09)
-Trade Nate Robinson and Jerome James to Seattle
$3 million to go towards James' contract
-Buy out Quentin Richardson's contract
-Sign Loren Woods and 3 other D-League players (Steven Smith, Brent Petway, Kevin Pittsnogle) who will actually play their asses off.
They get left with a lineup of:
CT: Eddy Curry/ Randolph Morris/ Kevin Pittsnogle
PF: Elton Brand/ Jared Jeffries/ Loren Woods
SF: Antwan Jamison/ Renaldo Balkman/ Brent Petway
SG: Larry Hughes/ Jamal Crawford/ Steven Smith
PG: Earl Watson/ Mardy Collins/ Eric Snow
Wit ha decent coach they can be a decent team next season.